Last days of June

The garlic is neatly planted in raised beds with lettuces, radishes, & carrots coming
 up in between the rows.  
The garlic gives twice: here's a scape that we make lots of pesto  out of.
Removing the scape encourages better bulb growth .


After re-shaping terraces this year, many garden spots were left without good soil. Without the horses  & cows here, compost was in a shorter supply than usual and was carefully rationed-- meaning we didn't spread it where there were no roots. Laura had lots of potatoes and so did a little experiment using mostly the poor soil for these potatoes. They haven't seemed to mind a bit!  It will be interesting to compare harvests between the potatoes planted in poor soil, rich compost, & a mix of mulch and good compost. 

Sweet Fern was out of her stall when we came home the other day.
She was helping herself to our weeds and grasses. 

Pictured here near the compost bins on the South side of our barn.

Two of our Muscovy hens returned to us from a friend's farm, where they wintered last year. We are very fond of  Muscovies for their flying abilities, gentle habits, and friendly personalities. Laura and Rocky purchased the drake (pictured here in white) to add a little life to the farm. 

Here the other hen has laid her eggs, following the arrival of the drake, of course, and is already setting. Soon little ducklings will be part of the farm again. 

Here is little Birch (or is it Balsam?) near the funky feeder that  Rocky made to reduce hay waste. The little boys are  nearly weaned and will be sold soon. Sweet Fern can expect another doe to keep her company soon. 

Mowing the lawn with the chicken tractor. 

The dreaded cucumber beetle. . .they destroyed Laura's prize zuchinnis in about 2 days. With careful attention and some fertilizer, many of them are rebounding. I wished we'd posted pictures of the destruction and then you'd realize what a miracle this is. 

The new flock of hens